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Gilroy Garlic Festival
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Status Active
Genre Fairs
Begins Last Friday in July
Ends Following Sunday
Frequency Annually
Venue Christmas Hill Park
Location(s) Gilroy, California
Coordinates 36°59′52″N 121°35′7″W / 36.99778°N 121.58528°W / 36.99778; -121.58528Coordinates: 36°59′52″N 121°35′7″W / 36.99778°N 121.58528°W / 36.99778; -121.58528
Country United States
Years active 42

The Gilroy Garlic Festival is a food festival in the United States, held annually in Gilroy, California, on the last full weekend in July at Christmas Hill Park. The most recent festival was held on 26–28 July 2019. Since there was no event in 2020, the 42nd is deferred to 2021.

An annual three-day event, the Gilroy Garlic Festival is one of the country's best known food festivals, drawing visitors from across the nation. Located about 30 miles (48 km) southeast of San Jose, Gilroy is home to about 60,000 people, and the city is a major producer of garlic. The festival is Gilroy's top fundraiser, staffed with volunteers to raise money for nonprofit groups including clubs and schools.

History

The Garlic Festival has been held every year since 1979, except 2020 when it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rudolph J. Malone, then President of Gavilan College in Gilroy, was inspired by a small town in France which hosted an annual garlic festival and claimed to be the "Garlic Capital of the World." Malone started the festival, which now draws more than hundreds of thousands of paying visitors a year.

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